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Military looks to place quick forces after Libya Libya last September kept U.S. armed forces from responding in time to save four Americans.Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress on Thursday that they moved...
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US general sought larger US force in Afghanistan

...Afghanistan after combat troops leave by Dec. 31, 2014. At a NATO meeting in Brussels, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta acknowledged the range being considered, but noted that no final decision has been made.Panetta said that most allied...
Taliban attack trends: Never mind

...that the Afghans could take on more of the fighting burden.Last Tuesday, on his final day as defense secretary, Leon Panetta indicated that he was disappointed in the mix-up. The Pentagon on Tuesday said it was leaving it to ISAF to explain...
Too much money spent in Iraq for too few results

...public and only limited ability to secure their land, air and sea borders.The report also cites Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as saying that the 2011 withdrawal of American troops from Iraq weakened U.S. influence in Baghdad. Washington is...
Historic visit to Libya by Pentagon chief

TRIPOLI, Libya - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said "the torch of freedom" has passed to the Libyan people and he pledged during a historic visit Saturday to Tripoli that the...
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Keeping base closures isn't about economy, but security

...being considered by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, I was reminded of an address given a few years ago by Leon Panetta, White House Chief of Staff under President Clinton and a former Congressman from Monterey, Calif. His topic then...
Alaska lawmakers pan report on oceans

...of politicians, scientists, fishermen and others, including former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles. Commission Chairman Leon Panetta, White House chief of staff under President Clinton, said oceans need the same kind of protections President Teddy...
Panetta assures Afghans of full probe into video

...appears to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations.Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghan President Hamid Karzai to offer assurances of a full investigation and the top Marine general promised...
Con: Restoring defense cuts will only encourage our war hawks

...winding down two wars, so troop cutbacks are normal. We recently ended a combat role in Iraq, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta now says we will do the same in Afghanistan by late 2013.Plowing the money savings back into equipment renovation...
Air Force: No significant changes near F-22 bases

...Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia said in a statement to The Associated Press.Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the restrictions Tuesday as the Air Force attempts to figure out what's causing pilots in the world's most...


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